The Bible story of Lazarus and the rich man is a well-known parable of Jesus found in the Gospel of Luke. Told in chapter 16 of Luke, Jesus shares the story of a notably wealthy man, also known as a dive, who lived a life of extravagant luxury. Laying outside the entrance of this rich man’s house, though, was an exceptionally unfortunate man called Lazarus who only hoped “to eat what fell from the rich man’s table." The rich man was very unsympathetic to the dilemma of Lazarus, offering him no love, help, or compassion. In time, they both met their mortal ends and passed on to the afterlife.
Lazarus was welcomed into heaven, while the rich man was condemned to hell. Pleading to “Father Abraham” in heaven, the rich man asked that Lazarus come down from heaven to cool his tongue with a drop of water to reduce his “agony in this fire.” The rich man additionally requested Abraham to send Lazarus back to earth as a warning to his brothers to atone for their sins, however, both requests were refused. Abraham told the rich man that if his brothers did not believe in Scripture, neither would they believe Lazarus, even if he came directly from heaven. This Bible story is a great and powerful reminder that we will pay for our sins on earth when we finally decease, therefore we should love and care for our fellow mankind.
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